What are instances of a difference in " shared" values in "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner?

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Susan Hurn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The most obvious conflict in shared values concerns Emily's relationship with Homer Barron. Jefferson is a small town in Mississippi that lives in the social culture and abides by the traditions of the Old South, even though those days have been gone for generations. In Jefferson, social roles are strictly defined; social status springs from what one's ancestors accomplished in the days when the South existed essentially as a country within a country. Emily's neighbors embrace these values; she does not.

In taking up a relationship with Homer Barron, Emily violated several of the cultural and social restrictions of Jefferson. Homer was a Yankee and a common laborer. As such, he was well below Emily's "station" in life. For her to associate with Homer was scandalous, an insult to the family name and the memory of her dead father. Furthermore, Emily did not have the "decency" to be discreet, to keep her relationship with the Northerner quiet. Instead, she chose to go out with him in public, riding in his carriage. In these ways, Emily demonstrated clearly to the people of Jefferson that she did not share their values.

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Ashford Students! mshurn has some great ideas about this text. However, your instructor wants YOUR ideas, not hers. Please do not plagiarize by presenting someone else's ideas as your own.

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